Almonds are in huge demand globally, and Australian almonds are among the most popular. Australia’s exports of the nut have risen by 213% over the past decade.
Almond grower and processor Select Harvests is capitalising on this demand. The company is working with Austrade to diversify into Southeast Asia and the UK. The surge in demand has also prompted Australian growers to expand their farms and newcomers to plant fresh crops. Growers are adopting sustainable farming practices and new technologies to ensure these new plantings don’t come at a cost to the environment.
The Almond Board of Australia (ABA) is gathering data on the industry’s sustainability measures as part of its upcoming Australian Sustainable Almonds Program.
‘The Australian almond industry has a positive sustainability story to tell,’ says the ABA’s CEO Tim Jackson. ‘There is a clear commitment to continuous improvement that will benefit the people, planet and prosperity of the communities in which we operate.’